Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards (2Nd Ed.)

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Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards (2Nd Ed.)


Howk, Cherie, Nursing Education Perspectives


Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards (2nd ed.) edited by Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, CPNP, New York: Springer Publishing, 2007; 656 pages, $95

An act of terrorism on September 11, 2001, and a natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina, changed who we are as a nation and how Americans define safety and security. These events have also led to plans to maintain safety and respond when our security is threatened. Yet, to this date, our profession has not consistently defined nursing's role in this response.

This book was written for the benefit of all nurses. The editor has laid a foundation for nursing's knowledge base and the skills required for an appropriate emergency response. She has brought together authors with the credentials and experience to provide well-researched, clinically focused materials. The value of this book is in the instruction and preparation it provides not only for worse case scenarios, but for responding to more likely mass casualty events such as chemical spills or fires. It provides the latest work in all areas of disaster and emergency nursing, including valuable special topics such as directions for nursing education, directions for nursing research and development, and an international perspective in a chapter entitled "Global Issues in Disaster Relief Nursing.

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